Susanna Napierala has been a midwife since 1977, practicing in California and throughout the world. Researching her book, Waterbirth: A Midwife's Perspective, took her to work with Igor Charkowski in the former U.S.S.R. and many parts of Europe. Susanna practices in the Sonoma County area and beyond. She gave birth to her son, Nathaniel, at home and lives with her husband and 95 yr old mother in the beautiful wine country. Waterbirths are her speciality.